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Artefact of the Day 14/7

Is it a viking artefact?

Nunalleq 2017

IMG_4920If the artefact of yesterday was a bit mundane – the artefact of today is nothing short of mind-blowing. It is (or they are as the case may be) a set of amber beads – found by Jonathan in situ! 20 beads were found together in a loop – the way they were probably threaded on a sting, maybe for a earring as another six beads were found together (also by Jonathan) close to were the full loop were resting. We are now going to fine screen the dirt from around the beads to see if we can find the missing 13 (Renee also found one bead) to get a full pair of earrings. Amber was a rear and highly prestigious material in this part of the world. The amber sources closest to Nunalleq would be Chirikof Island southwest of Kodiak or Unalaska. Not only was amber a very valuable material…

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